The Poor

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The Poor
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Background information
Also known as The Poor Boys
Origin Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1986 (1986)–2000 (2000), 2008 (2008)–present
Labels Sony/Columbia, Riot!
Associated acts Lump, Blackseed
Members Julian "RV" Grynglas
Anthony "Skenie" Skene
Matt Whitby
Gavin Hansen
Past members Mark Davis
Chris Risdale
James Young

The Poor are an Australian hard rock band that formed in 1986 as The Poor Boys in Darwin, Northern Territory. Their founding mainstays are Julian "RV" Grynglas on guitar, Anthony "Skenie" Skene on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Matt Whitby on bass guitar. On 13 June 1994 they released a debut album, Who Cares, on the Sony label, which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The lead single, "More Wine Waiter Please", had appeared in the United States in March and reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was a top ten hit in Australia when released there in May. The Poor disbanded in 2000 but reformed in 2008 and issued two further albums, Round 1 (October 2009) and Round 2 (15 October 2010), on Riot Entertainment.


The Poor are an Australian hard rock band that formed in 1986 as The Poor Boys in Darwin, Northern Territory.[1] The original line-up was Mark Davis on drums, Julian "RV" Grynglas on guitar, Chris Risdale on guitar, Anthony "Skenie" Skene on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Matt Whitby on bass guitar.[1][2][3] Risdale and Skene had met in 1984 when they attended Dripstone High School together.[3] They had met Davis and Whitby at parties in Darwin and soon were gigging together as a covers band.[3] Risdale soon left when Grynglas joined and they started to write their own material.[3] Davis left a few years later.[3]

In 1991 the group relocated to Sydney and later that year toured the United States supporting fellow Australian hard rockers, The Angels.[1] By June 1992 James Young (ex-BB Steal) replaced Davis on drums and the group released their debut extended play, Rude, Crude & Tattooed, on Sony/Columbia Records. It was produced by The Angels' members Rick Brewster and Bob Spencer.[1] The Poor Boys supported that group's national tour through July to August.[1] About a year later The Poor Boys issued their second EP, Underfed, which was produced by Brent Eccles (also a member of The Angels). They followed in October by backing United States acts, Alice in Chains and Suicidal Tendencies, on the Australian leg of their combined tour.[1]

In March 1994 The Poor Boys changed their name to The Poor to avoid confusion with a US group of the former name.[1] That month they issued a single, "More Wine Waiter Please", in the US where it peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.[4][5] In May they released it in Australia and it peaked at No. 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[6] On 13 June 1994 they followed with their debut studio album, Who Cares, which reached No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[6] It was produced by United Kingdom's Paul Northfield (Suicidal Tendencies).[1][2] Recorded in Sydney and Montreal it was also issued in the US.[7] The Poor promoted their US releases with a tour there supporting German rockers, Scorpions.[7] The Poor also toured Europe and Japan.[1][7] In September 1994 their next single, "Poison", reached No. 48 in Australia.[1]

Early in 1996 they opened for AC/DC's international tour.[1][3] They also supported KISS,[8] and, in April 1998, Van Halen.[1][9] In 1997 Young was replaced on drums by Gavin Hansen (ex-Rattlebone) – a friend of Whitby's.[10][11] The group issued another single the following year, "Simple Living", however in 2000 The Poor disbanded.[10][11] Various members of The Poor separated into two heavy rock groups, Lump and Blackseed.[11] Skene related what happened after the split: "I did a small solo acoustic thing for a while. Matt was at Uni studying history. Julian was just working. Gav went back to Melbourne before moving to the Gold Coast where he grew up and started Lump with Melbourne mates Scotty and Stewie. Then I moved up and joined Lump as well!"[3]

The Poor reunited in April 2008 to play on an Australia tour with W.A.S.P. and soon after began recording a new album, Round 1, released in October 2009 by Riot!, comprised several older songs not previously released together with newly written tracks.[12][13] Since October 2009 the group are based on the Gold Coast.[3][13] In January 2010 they played at the Big Day Out on the Gold Coast.[14] On 15 October 2010, the band released Round 2,[3] Brian Fischer-Giffin of Loud Mag found that for this album "[The Poor] come out swinging much more convincingly, punching out a short, sharp album of no-nonsense hard rock that doesn't over stay its welcome or try to be anything more than it is. The Poor has got their mojo back".[15]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Julian 'RV' Grynglas – guitar (1988–2000, 2008–present)
  • Anthony "Skenie" Skene – vocals, rhythm guitar (1988–2000, 2008–present)
  • Matt Whitby – bass guitar (1988–2000, 2008–present)
  • Gavin Hansen – drums (1997–2000, 2008–present)
Former members
  • Mark Davis – drums (1988–1992)
  • Chris Ridsdale – guitar (1988)
  • James Young – drums (1992–1997)
  • Warren Reid - guitar (1987-1988)

Discography as The Poor Boys[edit]


  • 1992: Rude, Crude & Tattooed
  • 1993: Underfed

Discography as The Poor[edit]


  • 1994: Who Cares (re-released 2012 with three bonus tracks)
  • 2009: Round 1
  • 2009: Round 2


  • 2011: Round 1 & 2 (includes all songs from the albums Round 1 and Round 2)


  • 1994: More Wine Waiter Please
  • 1994: Poison
  • 1994: Man of War

Promo EPs[edit]

  • 1994: 5 Tracks from Who Cares

Promo Singles[edit]

  • 1994: Tell Someone Who Cares
  • 1998: Simple Livin’


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Poor'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Eltschinger, Markus. "The Poor/The Poor Boys". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 18 March 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Robyn (21 November 2010). "Eleven Questions with... The Poor". Sludge Factory. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Who Cares – Poor Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 'More Wine Waiter Please' – The Poor". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  6. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Poor". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Eliezer, Christie (12 November 1994). "The Poor Poured Energy into Paying Their Dues". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media: 75–76. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Watson, Chad (23 July 1998). "Spirited Poor". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. 
  9. ^ Cleveland, Sam (3 February 2005). "Like It or Lump It, It's a Long Road". Gold Coast Bulletin. News Limited (News Corporation). 
  10. ^ a b "The Poor – The History from 1992–2000". The Poor Official Website. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  Note: If required, user to click on 'History' tab at left.
  11. ^ a b c "Gavin Hansen – Drummer for The Poor". Australian Drummer (2). Issuu (Michael Hansen, Ruben Bjerg Hansen, Mikkel Jensen, Martin Ferro-Thomsen). 24 June 2012. pp. 24–26. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Carberry, Pauly (28 January 2010). "The Poor". The Canberra Times. 
  13. ^ a b Cronin, Seanna (22 October 2009). "The Poor to make decibel-loaded return". Gold Coast Bulletin. News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Chamberlin, Thomas (18 January 2010). "It's Festive Anarchy for Duane". Gold Coast Bulletin. News Limited (News Corporation). 
  15. ^ Fischer-Griffin, Brian (4 November 2010). "The Poor – Round 2". Loud Mag. Loud Magazine Australia. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

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